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  1. Tooth or Rock

    Hi again , I found this in the peace river in Nocatee , FL Looks like a tooth but maybe just a rock ? About 14mm long maybe bear tooth? Thank you as always!
  2. Small Claw

    Like many these days, I am sorting and cleaning up the previous month's finds. I do not recall picking this up, probably considered it a fragment or barracuda tooth. It is 17 mm long and 6.5 mm wide, and slightly concave on one side.
  3. I started spending a bit of time searching matrix this month. It's been a while, and I have found it to be as relaxing and rewarding as I remembered. I made a few pictures just for fun and I included a shark tooth for ID if possible. There have been a few of these odd ball shark teeth in the wonderful Cookie Cutter matrix. If anyone could tell me the position and or possible species of this tiny shark tooth, I would appreciate it.
  4. Florida Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Closings

    With the pandemic taking over more of our lives, I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for posting closures that impact fossil hunting. For example, some national parks and beaches are starting to close down. Some of these are access points for fossil-hunters. For example, Payne's Creek state park has a boat ramp used by hunters to access areas outside the park boundaries. Zolfo Springs' Pioneer Park is a public park run by Hardee County - another ramp used by hunters. As of right now, state and county parks are still open, but that could change at any time. So, if you find out about a closing here in Florida, please post it in this thread. Also, please post a relevant link to a press release, official announcement, or media story for your source. I just heard on the news that Picnic Island park in Hillsborough County is closing starting at sunset tonight, but the boat ramp will remain open. In addition, all public beaches operated by the City of Tampa will also be closed until further notice : https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/city-of-tampa-shutting-down-beaches-amid-coronavirus-concerns This is the peak of our fossil-hunting season down here in south-central Florida and it is very likely that these Covid-19 closures are going to impact our shared passion - so let's help keep each other updated. Stay safe out there - fossil-hunting is good "social distancing".
  5. Dasypus Imbricating Band

    Hi everyone, I know I haven't posted any fossils in the ID section for a while, but one recent post caught my eye. I immediately recognized a fossil on that post to be similar, if not the same as one I found in the Peace River in Florida back in the February of 2018. I now believe it's the imbricating band of some type of armadillo (likely Dasypus). It's about 2 cm long by .6 cm wide. I'd be happy to hear your input! Here's my specimen Here's some images provided by @Harry Pristis
  6. Me and my fiance headed into Wauchula this afternoon to try to find some good gravel spots at the behest of @Shellseeker and his helpful advice given to me on my last post. I have been to the Peace a total of 4 times, all within the span of a month or two because these water conditions are just way too good to pass up. Every time I come back to the river I have a new game plan and every time I actually get TO the river the plan goes out the window. Today's adventure was no different. We pulled up to Wauchula Riverside Park (Crews Park?) and were pleasantly surprised with the condition of the park. I had read about some sketchy things happening in that area and while we were unloading our gear a police cruiser circled the lot twice, it made me feel safe about leaving my vehicle. The park seemed newly renovated so I was assuming these past cases of break ins and theft occurred before then. We walked over to the boat ramp and prepared to search for a gravel bed north of the park; that is until we came across a friendly kayaker and her son. She noted that down the river a little was an island that her fossil hunting friends liked to dig at but had to swim to get to it in higher water season since they didn't use kayaks. We were not prepared to swim but the thought of a glorious "fossil island" that my fiance can set her chair up on and watch me sift gravel for 8 hours was just too enticing and we abandoned our upriver plans and decided to head down towards the bends. We found a small sandy trail to take us as far as we could on dry land before we had to make any attempts into the river, there were many downed trees and root systems that would make walking the dry area pretty difficult. This trail lead us into some of the highest and thickest grass I have walked in. I felt like I was going to be attacked by a pokemon... or a snake... but we were lucky and did not have any issues. I think this is a trail in the Peace River Park. Anyhow, we found a nice spot to cross the deep part of the river and found ourselves on the opposite side of the bank, it only came up to our thighs but there was zero visibility in the water. Then suddenly, a dad and his kids make an appearance with their fishing poles... After a quick chat we learned he was heading to a similar spot around the bend to fish a hole... You should have seen the look my fiance gave me. How in the world would we be able to dig for fossils in the same area that this guy is fishing in deep holes?! WHERE IS FOSSIL ISLAND? My hopes were dashed, my fiance wanted to go back to gardner, and there was a huge downed tree in the middle of the river with no gravel in sight. TFF what would you have done?! I continued on. Luckily it paid off. We hopped up on the legal side of the bank and walked 20 feet further to the end of the first bend. It was there! Sticking out of the middle of the river like a huge zit ready to burst with meg teeth WE FOUND FOSSIL ISLAND! We hopped back into the river and crossed the deepest part to get to fossil island, it was about knee deep and the entire bottom sounded crunchy which my trusty fence post confirmed to be a pretty significant gravel layer. Fossil island was pocketed with holes from other diggers but I was more interested in the deepest part off the side of fossil island. I figured when the water level is up this deepest spot will get un-diggably high but since it is so low right now I can get 2 to 3 feet into the gravel before the water started getting too deep for my shovel. At this point the JoshRockz excavation project was in full swing. I was digging in this layer and in the first couple sifts we were already finding larger than our usual size teeth. We got about a foot down before my fiance decided to go surface collect and I was getting alot of clams in my shovel loads but not alot of teeth, I widened out my hole and noticed I was pulling out chunks of matrix as shown in IMG 6228. I will be displaying this piece, I have not encountered the hard rock matrix; I have only really encountered the thick clay in the deep areas of Gardner and I imagine this is how it weathers out of the walls of the peace. Around these pieces of matrix I started to pull up many megaladon frags and hemis along with smaller teeth of other variety and quality. These are the largest teeth we have found thus far and I am so happy with our first dig in this location! The only downside was that this area in general has alot of broken glass that fortunately did not harm me but definitely made me reconsider not wearing gloves in the river. I also pulled up about 15-20 iron nails that were at times in a pretty dangerous condition and large. Tetanus city. This was 2-3 feet down into the gravel I was pulling these nails out so I am a little intrigued as to where they came from. All in all I will be returning to Wauchula in the future and I cant thank Jack enough for his advice. Oh, Turns out the largest hemi (also) the largest intact tooth that we found (second left in 6226) was surface collected right on the top of fossil island by my fiance. Strange are the ways of the peace river... ps I am going to get a kayak because all of this could have been avoided and we could have been there in 5 minutes if we had one.
  7. Hi everyone! I am a long time lurker of this community, I browsed these forums endlessly on advice, pictures, and video from many members who made me feel really confident in going out and actually getting into rockhounding. Me and my fiance wanted to document our trip to the Peace River in Florida. So we did. This is our first upload to our channel, and hopefully we will be uploading more as we go on more adventures. My goal with this video was for people to be able to see what it would be like to pull up to a boat ramp and go look for sharks teeth. We found a really nice young whale or dugong vertebrae, its a beautiful peace . We have only been hunting these past couples weekends as the water level has been the lowest its been since we've start this hobby and we have been pleasantly surprised with the kindness of the people around us, but also the success we have had in the river. We found our first juvenile meg tooth on our first dig in the river near the brownville boat ramp. It was super fun and now im really hooked on this river! I have attached the video below, let me know what you think? Youtube Link!
  8. Large unknown chunk of mammal bone

    I found this chunk of bone while excavating the pile of overburden where i originally found the contact end of a large shoulder blade. This sight has also yielded a vertebrae that i will post in the comments. I am, as usual, stumped at trying to identify what kind of bone this used to be. My mom says it reminders her of the wings of a pelvic bone. unfortunately there are not a lot of great pictures of the pelvic bones of large mammals on the internet. What do you all think? [WinZip file deleted]
  9. Due to the proliferation of Covid-19 “stay at home orders”, I felt an urgency to go out and fossil-hunt at least one more time before my city, county, or the entire state got put on lockdown. I loaded up the truck on saturday night and we headed out to Gardner early on sunday morning. When we arrived at the ramp about 9:00am, there were a lot of vehicles and activity – much more than my previous three trips. I think a lot of people had the same idea – get out and enjoy the river while you can. It was a beautiful day with plentiful sun and a cool breeze. We loaded up the kayaks (my wife, my stepdaughter, and my grandson) and we headed upstream to check out our usual spots. As we were going up around the bend and our first site came into view, we saw a pair of fossil-hunters parked right in “our” spot. Looking further upriver towards our second spot, there were fossil-hunters in that spot as well. The early bird gets the worm and these folks beat us to a preferred spots. So plan B came into action and we paddled further upstream. We paddled further than we have ever been previously. Looking for gravel beds or exposed strata eroding into the river, we found a good spot about another three-quarters of a mile beyond our usual spots. On this day I decided to be picky and only go after teeth or highlight specimens. I have buckets full of dugong ribs, chunkasaurus, and turtle scutes at home, so I immediately discarded those when they turned up in my sifter. I tossed them downstream behind me into the river and kept digging. My 10-yo grandson held the sifter and helped me with sifting and he got a big kick out of pulling teeth and bits from every shovel load. A little further down the bank, my wife was snapping nature photos and my stepdaughter was digging and sifting in her own spot about 50 feet away. This spot was a tease. Tons of small teeth and common stuff, but only tantalizing fragments of the better stuff. A broken quarter of a mastodon tooth, broken megalodons (fragolodons), etc. I think I did find a couple of baby megs (when they are tiny, I find them hard to discern at times, versus bull or mako). I felt that there must be at least one good meg in this spot, so I dug like a man possessed. I moved a lot of gravel and dug three bomb-craters in the river bed, but to no avail. That big meg eluded me. Eventually my back started complaining and we decided to call it a day. We saw many other hunters on the river, some operating alone and others in groups. We would exchange pleasantries as we passed them by - “How yall doin’?”…… “Beautiful day!”…..”Having any luck?” - most were friendly and reported results similar to our’s – lots of small stuff and oddballs, but nothing to write home about. Of course, if I found a pocket of 100 megs in a hole, I would say something along the lines of “Nah, just little stuff and broken stuff.”. I hope they had better luck than I did. I often wondered if any of the other hunters were forum members, but I never asked because I don’t like intruding on folks or being nosy. But if any of you reading this saw two green kayaks (one of them a bright neon green tandem) pass by with a tall lanky guy, two women, and a kid, then say hello here so I know it was you! I spoke to a couple of fossil-hunters who had rented canoes from Canoe Escape and put in at Zolfo Springs. They told me that Pioneer Park (and the ramp) had been closed earlier that day and that the public park at Brownville was also closed. Both of those are parks with facilities and staff, so I expected they would close eventually. Gardner is just an unstaffed ramp with no facilities, so hopefully it stays open. Hearing that made me glad we decided to go when we did. As I sit here writing this, Hillsborough County (where I live) is about to announce a “stay at home order” - threatening the rest of our fossil season. I know that exercise is considered OK for going out (essential), but I don’t know if driving three counties away to fossil-hunt will be viewed as “exercise”, so I am unsure if I will see the river again any time soon. I guess now we wait and see how this whole Covid-19 thing plays out. I hope this is not the end of fossil-season for us because the water is so LOW. I brought home a much lighter load this time around, having decided to leave all the dugong ribs and chunks of matrix behind. My highlight of the day was a small fossil tooth that I pulled from my first hole. It’s intact with both roots and an undamaged crown. I will try to get it ID’ed today. I also found a couple of very small teeth that I think might be baby megs, but I am unsure. I’ll post photos of our swag when I get everything spread out and dried. I was so tired when we got back last night that I didn’t even inspect or lay out my finds. I showered, ate, and went to sleep by 9:30pm. My wife is still downloading her photos now, so I added visuals to this thread later today. EDIT : apparently the guy I spoke to on the river was wrong - Pioneer Park is still open.
  10. is this a scapula

    Found on the beach of Amelia Island. I think it's a small scapula, but not sure. Any help is appreciated.
  11. Ilium? What animal?

    Found this on the beach of Amelia Island. I'm pretty confident that it is bone, but not sure what bone or what animal. Any help is appreciated.
  12. A shark tooth or from a pet cat?

    Good morning! I am a complete novice so this may be very easy for all of you. I was walking the beach along the ocean in Saint Augustine, Florida (northeastern Florida). I always look for shark teeth (of which there are many) but recognize them as being black. I found this tooth and it is cream colored. My husband thinks it might belong to someone’s pet. But, it could be something exciting! What do you think?
  13. Hello all, I recently returned from Peace River with a few finds, including this 15 mm fossil. I believe it's a small herbivore tooth, but I'm new here so would greatly appreciate help on the ID. Thanks!
  14. Seeking ID for South Florida find

    Hi everyone, I’m looking for some help identifying this find from the Peace River in Florida. It’s about 3 cm, and relatively conical in shape, with a slight curve to it. I’m curious if this is some sort of tooth, possibly crocodilian? I’m pretty new to the hobby, so any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  15. Shark tooth 2"

    Hi to you , was wondering after I have done some research , I don't think this is megalodon ..flat cutting surfaces , no serrations at all . It's 50mm (2") found in peace river , Florida Thanks for any help!
  16. Here is an odd one. It's very hard and mineralized. I found it in an intermingled deposit of Pleistocene and Miocene material - I was pulling shark teeth and mammoth ivory fragments from the same hole. So, I don't know if this bone is some Miocene marine critter or a Pleistocene land beast. Can anyone tell what this is? Found in the Peace River, near Zolfo Springs (Bone Valley formation). Thanks in advance!
  17. So, who wants to get together and go fossil hunting on this Peace River this season? If the weather and scheduling allows, I would be happy to show up and engage in a group hunt - just to put some faces with the names I see in the forum, and do some networking, share tips, compare notes, etc. I have an extra sifter and an extra kayak (with paddle and life jacket) I can bring. I imagine that a weekend would be best, given that a lot of people work and go to school. As far as a place goes, the first place that comes to mind is Zolfo Springs. It sits in the "middle" of the Peace (not too far south or north), it has a nice/safe park with ramp (Pioneer Park), and the fossil-hunting anywhere along that stretch of the river is pretty good - I never come home empty handed from Zolfo. Other places that come to mind are Gardner and Arcadia. I like Gardner also and I need to revisit that Miocene exposure there, but the local wildlife can be a bit wild for some people's tastes (to put it diplomatically). There's also Wauchula, which I have hunted a couple of times with mixed results. I've never hunted Arcadia, so I can't speak on there from first-hand experience. As for timing of the trip, I think it would be great to wait until the river levels are ideal and the weather is nice - not hot (like it is now) and not frigid like it will be in dead of winter. Input, ideas, etc - reply here.
  18. The attached photo shows material that seems to be fairly common in areas of the Peace River that have allot of deteriorated limestone and limestone slabs.I don't think it has any recognizable structure suggesting it is the result of some life form. Just generally a botryoidal shape. Does anyone know what it is or have any experience with it?
  19. Whose teeth?

    I found this on a gulf coast beach near Venice Florida. There were many shark teeth and other fossils in the area. I believe it is a reptile tooth, but do not know how to tell if it is an alligator, or some other aquatic reptile. It has a fine ridge running up one side. Any clues or help with ID is appreciated.
  20. These two mammal teeth were found in northern Florida, I dont know what formation they were found in, but they are probably from the Pleistocene. The first tooth is about 3/4 of an inch long, and about the same in width at the widest point. The second tooth is about 1/2 an inch long and about the same in width at its widest point. They appear to be herbivore but I could be wrong, I'm not good with mammal teeth yet. Thanks!
  21. Howdy! I've been trying to properly ID some of my toothy finds from the Peace River and Venice Florida. Please let me know if I have misidentified any. Also, including a few that I am not sure about. Any help is appreciated! Pretty sure the are Megalodon, but not 100 percent. 1. 2 inches top to bottom 2 One inch top to bottom . 3 One inch, obviously. . Snaggletooth Hemipristis: 4. One Inch 5. One inch 6 Just over one inch obviously , Carcharinus (Bull Sharks? Whaler Sharks? Dusky Sharks?) Not sure what species.. Would like to narrow it down, but not sure about that. 7. 3/4 Inch 8. 9. One Inch 10 11. 3/4 inch . Lemon Shark - I am pretty positive on the Lemon ID I just wanted to show this precious teeny tiny tooth: It think that is a salt crystal growing on the side! 12. Tiger Shark 13 3/4 Inch 14 3/4 inch Unknown: 15. A worn Carcharinus? 16. 1/4 inch
  22. Peace River Dolphin Tooth Identity?

    I came across another odontocete tooth while rummaging through storage. I don't find this tooth in Hulberts book. Does anyone know what dolphin this tooth came from? It has a triangular, leaf-like root, though one corner is missing in this specimen.
  23. An exciting find

    To start off, I love whale teeth. They seem to love me also. I find many of them. This one seems different and thus special. In circumference, it is a 3rd the size of my pinky. It is 57 mm (2.25 inches) in length, 7.5 mm wise, and it is all there. Note also that the tip has been shaved by an opposing tooth. and it was found in SW Florida. Is Aulophyster a possibility? Hopefully, Bobby @Boesse can provide options.
  24. Vertebra ID

    Hello brand new member hello everyone! I have been out collecting about 10 times this year in SW Florida found this today, was pretty excited to pull this out of a creek off the peace River . It's about 75mm wide and 75mm tall (3") it's pretty light weight for it's size . Thank you if you can help identify.